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Palestinian Voices Speaker Series: Sami Awad

January 31, 2013
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Brooklyn, NY, United States

Join us for the evening on January 31, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Come to meet and hear from Sami Awad, Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust.

Sami AwadGrowing up in Bethlehem in the 1980’s, Sami was involved with the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem and coor­di­nated work­shops in conflict reso­lu­tion, democ­racy, and nonvi­o­lence. He went to the United States to pursue an under­grad­uate degree at the University of Kansas. He earned a M.A. in International Relations at the American University, special­izing in Peace and Conflict Resolution. During his time in the US, Sami kept very close links with his native home­land and always intended to return to Bethlehem to play his part in building and devel­oping the Palestinian commu­nity. Sami has played a key role in a number of projects since his return to Bethlehem. He worked with the Palestinian Bible Society to estab­lish a Biblical museum in Bethlehem, and he was one of the founders and part­ners of Radio Bethlehem 2000, one of the first radio stations to be launched in the West Bank. Sami also founded Holy Land Trust, a not-for-profit orga­ni­za­tion seeking to empower the commu­nity through mobi­lizing its strengths and resources to create real oppor­tu­ni­ties for the future. He continues to serve as its Executive Director, and has spoken to count­less Encounter groups visiting Bethlehem.

A regular speaker on Encounter’s tours of Palestinian commu­ni­ties in the West Bank, Sami offers an impor­tant perspec­tive and serves as inspi­ra­tion as a leader in the non-violence move­ment. Come to listen and ask ques­tions to learn about what is happening on the ground, and seed ideas and hope for what can be done to move forward constructively.

RSVP required.

For more infor­ma­tion or to RSVP, email heidi@​encounterprograms.​org.

Encounter neither contests nor endorses the views presented by speakers in this series.

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